Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I've moved my blog - join me?

I decided it was time for me to move to my own domain. I hope you'll join me at:


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New site collab - and you can get it free!

If you are looking for the October Blog Train, click here.

October has started with a bit of a sour note as my son was sick all day yesterday so we lay around the house.  Today he is feeling better so I'm hoping we can brave the rain and get out for a bit - maybe hit a Starbucks for a pumpkin spice late - so yummy!  I admit Starbucks is probably my one big vice.  I have a total love hate relationship with them - I hate how much they charge, but I love the drinks!  Do you have any vices?  

I wanted to be sure to show you the October collab at Digiridoo Scraps - it's awesome!  I wanted to find a way to describer it to you, but I think I'm going to steal the site description because they wrote it so well!

Calling all shoe addicts, handbag collectors, girlie girls, shopping trippers, style divas and followers of fashion … Our chic and stylish new megabit Uptown Girl is just for you. Always wanted a kit to scrap that perfect pair of shoes? That gorgeous outfit you just bought? Pictures of your latest shopping trip? A night out with the girls? Or anything else girlie? In this season's colors … we bring you Uptown Girl.
And here is the preview:

And in case that wasn't enticing enough, here comes the best news of all:  you can get this collab absolutely free!  Just ad $10 worth of anything from Digiridoo Scraps to your cart, and the kit will automatically be added.  Such a deal!  Go grab it!


Saturday, October 01, 2011

October Blog Train Coming Through :)

Happy October! September flew by for me, as we settled into back to school routines, both for my one child starting high school and my other starting homeschool. It's been busy, but a good busy. I hope your fall has gotten off to a good start, too.

Without further ado - welcome to the October Blog Train, brought to you by The Blog Train Blog.  As of this posting, the complete blog list is not up, so I not 100% sure, but based on preliminary lists, you probably arrived from Jumbbumble and your next stop should be Blue Heart Scraps.  If these links aren't correct, or if you get lost, you can always find your way again on The Blog Train Blog.

This month's blog train is once again 'theme free' which meant we could take the palette anywhere we wanted. Last month I went masculine, so this month I let the colours take me into a feminine place. Here is what I cam up with, I hope you like it (I believe if you click it you will get a larger preview):

To download, please click ---->  here  <----

Thanks so much for dropping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the train!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Festival of Colour and new Site Collab (which you can get free!)

I really love fall, I love the way the trees change colour, I love the cool evening wind, and I love being cozy inside. Though, to be honest, this year we haven't had any of that - it's sunny and hot outside. I'm not going to complain, though, because we had a very late start to summer, so I'll take a late end to go along with it.

In the spirit of fall, the 'Take Your Pick' this month at Digiridoo Scraps is done in beautiful fall colours. I love these colours, and I love how the whole category comes together so well.

I made a paper pack and a glitter pack - check them out:

And here is a small sampling of the other products in the category:

You can mix and match to your hear'ts content ... and ... if you spend $10 combined, on anything in the store, you get this month's collab Chapters Of Our Lives, for FREE. And it's gorgoeus - have a look for yourself:

It has 110 elements, 60 papers and 2 alphas - that's a pretty good deal to get free, don't you think?

I hope you are enjoying your September, whatever the weather, and thanks for dropping by my blog today!


Monday, August 01, 2011

August Blog Train - woo woo!

It's the evening of the first, and I apologize for being late with my contribution for this train - I'm having issues with my computer and I think it maybe be time to re-install Vista again (which is frustrating because I only did that a few months ago.)

You should have arrive from ViolaMoni

Your next stop after me is Dana's Footprint Designs

And if you get lost, you can always find the full list on The Blog Train Blog.

You probably already read this, but this month's train is a bit different, as we were given a swatch but not a theme. So, I decided that the pink just wasn't working for me, and I made this little mini I call 'Boyish.' I hope you enjoy. You can download by clicking the image below.

*note* I received some feedback about my string and button that caused me to change them - I have adjusted the preview and upload with the updated files, if you care to re-download to have the updated files.

If clicking the link doesn't work, try this:  CLICKITY CLICK ME!!

I'd love to hear what you think of it - and I hope you enjoy the rest of the train!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Two-Riffic Blog Train - woooooo wooooo!

Welcome to your next stop on the Two-Riffic.  You probably arrived from The Bermuda Scrapper.

On this train you will find goodies made with the awesomely cute kit Two-Riffic, that you can get FREE at Digiridoo Scraps right now with a $5 purchase of anything in the store.  Check out the preview of this kit - it's awesome fo birthdays and other celebrations, and it's versatile enough to be used for kids and for grown-ups:

For the blog train, I've made you a quick page with this kit.  I'm a huge fan of multi-photo layouts, especially for thigns like birthday parties when there are so many photos to scrap!  SO I made you a quick page with space for 4 photos.  I hope you like!  Click the image to download.

If the image doesnt work, you can click right here to download.

Your next stop is Sarah Barber, who has some awesome awesomeness for you (really, you don't want to miss it!)

If you get lost along the way, you can find the full list of participating designers in this thread at the Digiridoo Scraps forum.

Enjoy!!  And thanks for dropping by today :)


Friday, June 03, 2011

I'm in the spotlight! Also lots of news.

I'm so excited to be in the spotlight at Digiridoo Scraps for all of Jun! There are two of us in the spotlight, myself and Vick of Dana's Footprint Designs. We got together and made a collab that I must say is one of my favourite kits I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Oh, and my store is on sale all month AND it's the two year birthday party of Digiridoo! Wowsers that's a LOT going on! Let me break it down a bit :)

The entire Digiridoo Scraps store is 22% off this month for the birthday celebrations (except new releases and grab bags) BUT because I'm in the spotlight I discounted my stuff a bit more. When both discounts add up, its 30% off - woot! Don't be alarmed if you don't see the discount at first, when it's all added to your cart it will be 30% off (except for my new commercial use grab bag - details on that to follow.)

While you are at the site checking out my sale, be sure to also check out all the birthday fun we are having! We have Bingo, pass the present, a scavenger hunt, speed scraps, and a special surprise in store.

And finally - my new releases! First, my June Commercial Use Grab Bag. This one has two tasty texture sets and a brush set - you can find full reveal in the detailed images. At $3, this is only $1 per full sized pack. All packs have passed strict quality checking (as has everything in store).

Next up is Morning Bloom. This collab kit has a shabby, vintage feel, and it's huge. You'll find 20 papers, 50 elements and a full alpha.

Here are some lovely layouts by my CT:

There's even more layouts by the talented Digiridoo CT in my DRS Designer gallery. I swear every day more beautiful layouts pop up made with this kit!

Thanks for reading all of that - and I hope you'll join us for Digiridoo Scraps birthday fun!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monkeying Around Blog Train

Hi! Welcome to your next stop on the Monkeying Around blog train brought to you by The Blog Train Blog. Isn't it a cute theme? Great for all those pictures of your loved ones (and furbabies!) being their goofy selves. You should have arrived from Simply Kelly Designs, and your next stop after me is Pardon The Mess. Should you get lost, can always find your way at The Blog Train Blog.

Before I show you my contribution, I want to tell you about the awesome birthday celebrations we are having at Digiridoo Scraps this month. We have lots of fun events planned, a special birthday surprise grab bag, and other fun stuff. Come check it out, you will be so glad you did!

Also, I'll let you know that I have a fan freebie on my Mad Genius Designs Facebook page - I change them approximately twice a month, so it's worth checking regularly :)

I had planned to do some hand drawn monkeys for this kit, but as I was seeing what the other designers were doing, I saw so many cute monkeys already, I didn't want to try to re-invent the wheel LOL. So I made you a pack of basics to coordinate with other people's cute monkeys. You'lll find texture cardstock in each colour, as well as some other great basics like ribbons and frames. I hope you enjoy!

To download, you can click the image above, or click RIGHT HERE.

Enjoy! And have fun on the rest of the train!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Long Overdue!

Ouch! It's just been too long since I posted here! I'm sorry I didn't mean to neglect this blog. I blog very regularly at Red Genius Enterprises, and I lost site of how long it had been since I was her on my site. I'll do better!

I've opened anew store, and I am absolutely loving it! I am at Digiridoo Scraps. The team is just awesome, everyone is so friendly, and I quickly felt like they were my new digi-family. You chould drop by and chek us out, especially if you like lots of challenges!

I'll show you my latest new releases - they are all CU. They were in a grab bag for iNSD, and I loved making them so much I'm going to try to do a monthly CU grab bag.

First is Pattern Genius Volume One. This is my first pattern set, but certainly not my last!

Next is Brush Genius Volume Two - these are grungy brushes, perfect for texturizing your papers or photos. I use them all the time now!

And third is Grunge Genius Volume 3 - I love these so much I'm already halfway through making my next set LOL.

I also have a freebie on my facebook page, I'm overdue switching it out and will do so this week, so go grab it now! It's on the tab on the left called 'Fan Exclusive.'

I'm also participating in June's blog train - so be sure to come back for that!

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day!


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photoshop Tutorial - Selective recolouring with the History Brush

I originally wrote this tutorial for an event last year at Digi Scraps Drive-In called Scrapbook School.  I love the history brush so decided to share it on my blog too.

The history brush is a really neat tool in Photoshop. It allows you to return a portion of your image to a previous step in the history of your photo editing. I can think of all sorts of uses for this, especially if you do a lot of photo editing. The easiest way to demonstrate it is to selective colour, but once you know how to use it I'm sure you will find other uses for it too.

I apologize if this tutorial doesn't work well for programs other than Photoshop.

First, open an image for editing. Duplicate it, and desaturate the top layer. For caution sake, save it with a different file name so you aren't editing the original file.

From your left menu, select the history brush:

Now choose a brush.  I like to use a soft edged brush, as I find it more forgiving around the edges.  Start with a size that will allow you to do some fairly careful work on the image. My image started big so I chose 65 to start.  You also can see that you can change the mode and brush opacity - you can experiment with your history brush on different modes (lighten, darken, pin light, etc) and different opacities to get different looks.  For this simply tutorial I'm leaving it at 100% and on normal mode.

Now go back to your image. Bring up the history. You will see that to the left of each step in your history, there is a little empty box.  Click the box next to the step in the process that you want to revert the image to. For recolouring, that is the step right before desaturating.  Now you will see the history brush icon in that box.  You are telling the program that this is the step you'd like to revert the image to when you use the brush.

Keep the desaturated layer active in the layers palette, and begin brushing on the photo. You will see where you brush the colour comes back - the image is reverting to the point in the history that you selected.

Continue brushing over the entire area of the image you want coloured. You may need to change your brush size to get into smaller corners.  If you make a mistake (like I did, going out of the lines), you can use the history brush again, this time set on the step in the history where you desaturated the image, to correct your errors.

Here is my finished photo:

Isn't that cool?

Of course, we all know that there are lots of different ways to achieve selective colouring, but I can also see loads of other uses for this tool.  Here's some ideas I have:
  • Use your history brush to selectively recolour part of an image, as above, then use it again, with a much larger brush on a lower opacity to brush over the entire background so that all the colour shows through, but is softer than the focal image - you will end up with a colour photo with a subject that really POPS.
  • Run a blur on the photo, then use the history brush to bring the focal subject back into it's original clear focus - you can make it look like you had an awesome lens when you shot the photo.
  • Apply a filter to your photo, then use the history brush to bring parts of the photo back to the pre-filter state for a unique look.
  • Add a texture and then use the brush to paint back areas you don't want the texture to show.
  • .... ?
Honestly I could go on and on. Play around with it - you'll love it!  I'd love to see anything you do with this :)


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Updates and New In Store

I'm a bit embarrassed that I haven't blogged on this blog in over two months! I'm sorry - I didn't abandon you, I promise - I just started blogging a lot on the Red Genius Enterprises blog. I have 2 freebies a week going on there.  Every Tuesday I give a way a pack of textures, which are CU, S4H, S4O, PU and CU4CU, and every Saturday I give out a template designer for Project 365 layouts. You should really check it out:)

What else have I been up to? Well, loading products into the new store at RGE. I also am designing a kit each month for project 365, that am giving away through a series of challenges and then putting into the store. I am designing them to be year-round every day kits, and I'm liking how they come together.

Here is the January kit - now available in store:

And here is the February kit, also available in my store:

Of course I have glitter sets for both kits in store, too, and will have cardstock coming soon!

And just so you don't miss it, there is a freebie on the RGE blog that coordinates with the February kit :D

I also created this super cool journaling set, called Simple Date Journalers. . You can customize it to make yourselt a journal mat to match any kit you are using, or you can use on of the included neutral journal mats. Or, skip the mat, but use the journal lines righto n your page. Try adding a cool metal style to them, or maybe even a paper style. The possibilities really are endless with this.

I have lots of other new things coming, and lots more to repackage and put into the store. I'll be sure to let you all know!

Now, I'd love to know in the comments, what's new with you?